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“In “Duck Soup” there are no sequences I can skip; the movie is funny from beginning to end.” – Roger Ebert
Minister: We need to take up the tax.
GROUCHO (Rufus T. Firefly): I’d like to take up the carpet.
Minister: I still insist we take up the tax.
GROUCHO: He’s right – you’ve gotta take up the tacks before you can take up the carpet.
Minister: Something must be done! War would mean a prohibitive increase in our taxes!
CHICO (Chicolini): Hey, I got an uncle lives in Taxes.
Minister: No. I’m talking about taxes – money, dollars.
CHICO: Dollas! That’s where my uncle lives. Dollas, Taxes.
Chaos, anarchy, madness, mayhem.
No, not the Boozedancing website.
Duck Soup, My Dear Boy!
From the Marx Brothers.
A ladle of Groucho, a cup of Chico, a pinch of Harpo, and a dash of Zeppo.
A mere one hour and eight minutes.
Filmed in black & white.
The final motion picture for Paramount Pictures from the comedy team.
A commercial flop.
Banned by Benito Mussolini (famous dictator) in Italy.
And considered one of the greatest comedy films of all time.
MARGARET DUMONT (Mrs. Gloria Teasdale): Your Excellency, the eyes of the world are upon you. Notables from every land are gathered here in your honor.
GROUCHO: This is a gala day for us. I couldn’t handle any more. Well, a gal a day is enough for me.
GROUCHO: The last man nearly ruined this place. He didn’t know what to do with it. If you think this country’s bad off now, just wait ’till I get through with it.
The treasury is low on dough; the last man went and flew with it. If you think we’re short of money now, just wait ’till I get through with it.
The country’s taxes must be fixed. And I know what to do with it. If you think you’re paying too much now, just wait ’till I get through with it.”
GROUCHO: I wouldn’t know what to say either if I was in your place. Maybe you could suggest something. As a matter of fact, you DO suggest something! To me you suggest a baboon!…I’m sorry I said that. It isn’t fair to the rest of the baboons.
One Show, One Drink happily takes on Duck Soup.
For the people of Freedonia.
Because we are all Freedonians.
GROUCHO: Well, that covers a lot of ground. Say, you cover a lot of ground yourself. You better beat it. I hear they’re going to tear you down and put up an office building where you’re standing. You can leave in a taxi. If you can’t get a taxi, you can leave in a huff. If that’s too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff. You know, you haven’t stopped talking since I came here? You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.
GROUCHO: Remember men, we’re fighting for this woman’s honor; which is probably more than she ever did.
MARGARET DUMONT: Closer… closer… closer….
GROUCHO: If I were any closer, I’d be in the back of you.
CHICO: Sure we shadowed him: Tuesday we sit outside his house all day, but he no home. Wednesday we went to the ball game, he fool us and no show up. Thursday he go to the ball game, but we fool him and we no show up. Friday it was a double header, nobody show up, so we stay home and listened to it on the radio.
Treasury Secretary: Sir, you try my patience!
GROUCHO: Don’t mind if I do. You must try mine sometime.
Duck Soup and Compass Box on this week’s episode of One Show, One Drink.
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